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One of Michigan’s newest transfer additions explains why he chose the Wolverines

The Wolverines have a new transfer addition at quarterback, and though he is not going to start, he is excited to be at Michigan.



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ANN ARBOR, MI — The Michigan Wolverines recently inked one of the best recruiting classes in the country. For quite some time — before other schools began adding massive amounts of portal commits — the Wolverines boasted the No. 1 class nationally. Still, Michigan football managed to ink an incredible transfer portal class, including seven total commits — three of which are from fellow Big Ten programs. Jack Tuttle, Michigan’s newest quarterback addition, recently took some time to explain why he decided on the University of Michigan despite knowing that JJ McCarthy will be the team’s starter.

Why did new transfer portal quarterback Jack Tuttle choose the University of Michigan?

When asked about why he chose the University of Michigan, here is what transfer portal quarterback Jack Tuttle had to say (per Yahoo Sports):

“So there were a lot of relationships,” Tuttle said. “Obviously, relationships for me to come here. I knew Coach Harbaugh, Coach Hart before. And that’s what really sparked coming here for me.”

Mike Hart, the all-time leading rusher at the University of Michigan and current running backs coach, was at Indiana before taking the RB coach opening at Michigan. This explains why Tuttle and Hart were familiar, and likely played a decisive role in him choosing Michigan football. For Tuttle and others, transferring schools comes with many challenges, especially when going from a small program like Indiana to one of the biggest in the world.

“I guess just adjusting to — I know every program has a different culture,” Tuttle said. “Adjusting to that, and the new locker room and the people — which obviously has been fantastic. So, AJ (Barner) and I both came from same place (Indiana) so that’s been helpful when we’re rooming together. And so it’s been a pretty good transition for both of us.”

Jack Tuttle is entering his sixth season of college football, and frankly, he wants to win a national title.

“For me, personally, it’s not over till it’s over,” Tuttle said. “That’s kind of something I live by. And my dad and I have always talked about it’s not over till it’s over. And, people (ask), why Michigan? Why come here? What’s your goal here? I have a couple of goals. But the main goal right now, and what I’m focused on is doing everything I can to help this team win a national championship and achieve all its goals.

“So that’s where my work is going to right now. That’s what I’m striving for. And I’m going to help and do whatever I can to make sure we achieve that goal.”

Even though the new Michigan football transfer portal quarterback knows he is not going to start over JJ McCarthy, he is still happy to be a part of the incredible QB room and culture at the University of Michigan.

“I’m gonna come in and compete. And J.J. has been phenomenal,” Tuttle said. “That whole quarterback room has been great — Coach Kirk [Campbell]. And I’m blessed, honestly blessed to come into that situation and be around those guys and beat and have fun. And I’m gonna do whatever I can to help this team win.”

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.